Artists – Rules and Q&A

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General Rules

  • Just like for authors, the golden rule is don’t be an asshole. You don’t have to like everyone, we don’t even ask you to be nice, but you have to be respectful and civil. If someone is being less than civil to you, take it to an admin. Don’t engage in asshole-esque shenanigans.
  • It’s rare, but we have seen instances of what amounts to art plagiarism. It’s hard to define what that really is, but make sure it’s your work, you manipulating images or creating something. Don’t take someone else’s work and minimally modify it.
    • If this is at all unclear, contact an admin for clarification.
  • One piece of art is the minimum, but you may supply your author with as many pieces as you wish up to the maximum. (Please see the announcement in the Fixer forum as the maximum may change year to year based on feedback from prior years.)
  • Monthly check-ins are for authors, but artists are encouraged to participate in the check-ins on April and May 1st.
  • If you sign up, you do not have to claim a story. If nothing appeals to you, don’t claim. You’ll be effectively “dropped-out” of the challenge for the year, so there’s no need to officially drop out.

Specifications

  • Sizing:
    • Primary art must have a long edge of at least 700 pixels. The maximum for any edge is 1200 pixels. (an exception to this is ebook covers, in which case the long edge may be up to 1600 pixels)
    • Chapter banners, if created, should be 700 – 1000 pixels wide. Maximum height is 100% of the width.
    • All chapter banners submitted should be the same size unless there’s a specific reason they need to be different (meaning, if you pick 700×300 pixels for the banner, they all need to be 700×300 pixels). Note: free hand cropping chapter banners does not count as a reason why your art needs to be varied sizes. If you need help with cropping, please talk to a moderator.
    • Chapter spacer provided in lieu of chapter banners should generally follow the same width guidelines, however, they may be smaller in this case if it’s aesthetically pleasing to the artist and/or author.
    • Cast collages should follow the same guidelines as primary art, however, there’s a maximum height of 1200 pixels. If you have a big cast, create more than one cast collage.
    • Supplemental art can be smaller (though not larger) if it’s appropriate for the art. Such as a small image created to illustrate a spirit animal or piece of art for a single character.
    • Any art submitted with words on it needs to be legible. If the image is too small for the words to be read, it will be returned to the artist. If the font is blurry, the art will be returned to the artist.
  • Art Galleries
    • We generate a final art gallery for each artist with unique pieces of art.
    • If chapter banners are the same, save for the words on them, only one banner will be included in the gallery.
    • Taking a stock image, using different parts of the image for the banners with nothing different but the words does not count as each banner being “unique.” This situation, all the banner would still be considered one piece of art.
    • If we make an error about which art is included in your gallery, please contact us.
  • We will compress the art before uploading it to the site.
  • Videos should be posted on YouTube, Vimeo, or whatever public service you use and a link provided to the author and admin.
  • If the art is a video submission, the minimum length is 90 seconds. There is no maximum length provided the hosting service allows it.
  • Un-retouched photos with a title on them are not considered art unless they’re part of a mood board/collage. Taking a photo from online and adding text would not be considered manipulation or “art” for the purposes of the challenge.
  • Basic collages may not be acceptable for the challenge. Please contact an admin if you’re in doubt about your collage.
  • Someone may claim for you by proxy. Since we now use google forms for art claims, you can arrange for anyone to claim for you. However, it helps for us to know in advance if you’re not going to be available during claims in case there’s an issue.
  • It happens every year that every choice someone submits is claimed. Art claims happens in under 15 minutes usually, and people miss out on being able to claim if they’re not available when we contact them.
  • If you’re an artist and author and you signed up for the hidden quantum bang author support group, you may have a 5-minute delay before you can submit a claim. This was warned when you signed up for that channel, so it shouldn’t be a surprise. If there was no spoiler content in the channel that year, we may not impose this restriction.

Content

  • Art must not contain trigger content.
  • No images of abused children, animals, violent acts, etc.
  • Make sure the author is okay with this kind of content if you want to include it in supplementary art that will be hosted off-site.
  • No art with this content will be hosted on the Quantum Bang site, nor will it be displayed with the story, so do not submit it with the art package. That should be handled by the author directly for their posting on other sites.
  • Adult-themed art (nudity) is fine, though we recommend checking with the author if they are okay with nudity as they may have limitations that the site does not. Such as where else they plan to post it.

Drop Out?

  • If you don’t claim a story, you’re dropped out unless you’ve signed up to be a pinch hitter (this is a volunteer list generated during art claims).
  • If you’ve claimed a story and you’re unable to fulfill the commitment, please contact an admin immediately via the Communication Center or other direct contact such as DM on Discord.
    • We will need time to get a new artist, so please be considerate of this if it seems you are not going to be able to complete the challenge.
    • We do not currently have any penalties defined for dropping out, but if it’s close to the deadline, we may choose to ban you from future challenges.

FAQ

Q: What kind of art is eligible?
A: Any sort of digital manipulation, drawing, video, etc. If the rules above don’t cover your question, please leave a comment below.

Q: Does the art have to encompass the entire story?
A: No. You could capture a moment, scene, character, etc. The point is to be inspired by the story.

Q: What should I do if my author hasn’t replied to my email?
A: If it’s been more than a week without a response, contact the admin team via the contact form or communication system. It’s vital that the admin team be notified if there’s a significant communication lag between author and artist. It helps to keep each other apprised if you know you’re not going to be available for a long stretch of time, such as for a vacation.

Q: Should I read the story?
A: In general, plan to read the story you’ve claimed so that you can make art based on the story. However, if there’s a reason you find you cannot read the story, communicate with the author or reach out to the admin team so we can facilitate getting you a detailed summary. We require warning for major triggers, but there can be individual triggers that make it impossible for you to read the work. It’s important to safeguard your mental health, and we don’t want you to read anything that makes you uncomfortable, so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you find yourself in this situation.

Q: What if the author didn’t send me the story?
A: If you haven’t received the story from the author by 4/1, please let the admin team know. Unless you’d prefer to work from a detailed summary and that should be worked out with the author.

Q: Are collages/mood boards acceptable?
A: Probably. Some collage preparations might be too basic to qualify. If you need guidance in this area, please contact an admin.

Q: Does the author need to approve the art?
A: Not exactly. Ultimately, the art is up to the artist, but the author must see and agree on the final art. The “agreement” has a lot to do with making sure the spelling and names are all correct. If there’s a typo on the art, you must fix it. Also, you should find out early on exactly how the author wants their name and story title to be spelled. Capitalization of story title and author name are at the author discretion. Artist has no say on this. Beyond that, we’re not going to tell you how to be a considerate collaborator… If you really need help in this area, reach out to Jilly directly.

Q: How is art submitted?
A: When the time comes, there will be instructions posted for participants about where to send the art. There’s also a short form that will need to be submitted.

Q: Can I watermark the art?
A: Probably. Posting your pseudonym on the art is a common practice, and we encourage you to do so, though it should not take precedence over the story title or author name or in any way engender confusion. Also, if you use an artist’s mark of some kind, the admin team may ask that you not use it if it’s a cartoon or silly in some fashion and distracts from the art or creates confusion about the role the mark plays in the art.

Q: I was dismissed from the challenge for not communicating with my author, does that mean I’m banned from the challenge?
A: In this case, probably, but you should reach out to an admin via the contact form and discuss it if you’re unsure or if there were extenuating circumstances that caused your dismissal from the challenge (accident, injury, etc.).

If you have questions, please direct them to our contact form or reach out to a member of the mod team on Discord.

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